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The resources on these pages provide current information for media professionals to share with their audiences. We invite members of the press to use this information or to contact our communications staff for additional statistics, commentary on current issues, or to arrange interviews with staff experts.


Additional Resources

  • National Media Resources Center
    Visit the American Red Cross National Media Resource Center for the latest press releases and other information to help share stories about the Red Cross mission.

  • Blood Facts and Statistics
    Facts about blood, the donation process, blood components, testing, the need for blood and the American Red Cross Blood Services

  • History of Blood Transfusion
    A pictorial timeline highlighting significant moments in the history of transfusion from the 1600s to the present


Media Contact

If you have questions or would like to schedule a media interview, please contact:

Laura McGuire, Communications Program Manager
Biomedical Field Marketing and Communications




February 5, 2018
Community and university encouraged to help save lives Join the American Red Cross in helping to save lives at the Northern Illinois University Blood Drive Thursday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chick Evans Field House. Volunteer donors, those who have not given recently or those who might...
February 5, 2018
Winter storms and the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are missing work and school – it also means they can’t keep their American Red Cross blood and platelet donation appointments. The Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve to help maintain...
January 23, 2018
Ongoing severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled American Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month. The Red Cross now considers the situation critical and is reissuing an urgent call for blood and platelet...
January 16, 2018
Friendly competition anticipates win-win outcome to help save lives The pursuit is on for Bradley University and Illinois State University as they compete in the American Red Cross blood donation challenge to help save lives. The rivalry between the schools is anticipated to deliver winning...
January 15, 2018
  The community is invited to give blood in honor of Jesse and Stacie Warren at a special American Red Cross blood drive held in their honor Saturday, Feb. 17 from 7 a.m. to noon at Cerro Gordo Community Civic Center in Cerro Gordo.  When Jesse and Stacie Warren married 19 years ago they...
January 8, 2018
This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.   
December 29, 2017
The community is invited to donate Jan. 10 at First Christian Church The American Red Cross and Carthage Knights of Columbus invites the entire community to donate blood in memory of Jacob Burling Wednesday, Jan. 10, from noon to 8 p.m. at First Christian Church in Carthage.
December 18, 2017
The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give more life to patients now and into the new year by giving blood or platelets.  
December 7, 2017
Community invited to give Jan. 10 at the largest Red Cross blood drive in Chicago  ABC 7 and the American Red Cross urge the community to give more life by donating blood at The ABC 7 Great Chicago Blood Drive Jan. 10 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza...
December 4, 2017
The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December.   Alison Wissen knows the power of blood donations. She received 22 units of blood products after experiencing complications during childbirth. “...